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Trade: Jackets deal goalie Steve Mason to Philly

Apr 3, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

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Steve Mason is getting a much-needed change of scenery. However, it’s not exactly a place that’s been kind to goaltenders — he’s been traded from Columbus to Philadelphia.

Mason, 24, is 3-6-1 with a .899 save percentage this season. The 24-year-old won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year after an excellent 2008-09 campaign, but for the most part has struggled ever since.

The rise of Sergei Bobrovsky, who ironically was acquired last summer from Philadelphia, made Mason doubly expendable.

The Flyers will obviously be hoping Mason can regain his rookie form.


Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports the Flyers sent goalie Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in exchange for Mason.


Via, Mason told TSN that’s he looking forward to the opportunity to resurrect his career.

“I’m really excited and going to a new organization with a fresh opportunity to play with some players I have a history with from World Juniors there. Just really looking forward to meeting the new guys and starting off fresh,” Mason said.

“I’m more than thrilled to have this new opportunity. With the way Sergei has played, he’s taken the ball and really run with it.

“Every goaltender wants a fresh start and not be sitting on the bench. I’m going to a new organization to re-establish my career and really looking forward to that.”


  1. ibieiniid - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    should make for interesting division rivalry games.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Really?? For what? It better not be more than mid-to-late round pick. Atleast we never have to see Leighton again.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      You think Bryz will get bought out?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Well I hope Steve Mason doesn’t weigh into the equation… but I think it’s a real possibility. I have no clue who’d they get to replace him if they do. Bishop would’ve been good or Bernier (but that’s probably a pipedream). I don’t think the Flyers even know what they’re gonna do with Bryz after this season. He’s played much better but that contract could be his downfall.

      • bdawk20 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        Yes, he will. Not so much for his play, but because the Flyers have so many holes and need money to spend to do it. They are right up against the cap and need a lot of help across the board.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Should be interesting – I’d think that Briere would have got the buyout – his hit is awfully large for his production (only given that the cap is coming down) but with Mason being added, $10M (give or take) is going to be a lot to spend on a pair of goalies. Either way, Mason’s a pretty good pickup!

      • docdeath20 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        I love the trade, Mason needed a change as Bob did and look at his numbers this year! Why Homer Simpson didn’t go after Bishop is mind boggling to say the least. Bishop is a beast and Tampa didn’t really break the bank to get him. Anyway had the punk Danny Boy not gotten hurt he would and should had been traded as well. This opens the door to say bye bye to Space Balls Bryzs who has been nothing short of horrible. Mason has a great upside and is young, hopefully playing here will get him going again.

      • docdeath20 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        take it to the bank contract is ridiculous as his play so this is hopefully the end.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        we don’t need yinzers to tell us that

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Who is “us”? your support group? Do you like hockey? Or just the Flyers….is that why you see an “us”.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:33 AM

        A casual fan like yourself would not understand !

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        I think you might be a dangerously delusional, pathological black mark on the Philadelphia fanbase ! Either that, or Mike Milbury !

  3. mclovinhockey - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Mason is better than leighton. The cap hit is way high for a backup and he isn’t a starter at all…. This can’t be for more than a 6th I think

  4. 950003cups - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Philly picks up a goalie that became expendable because of the goalie THEY let go! How dumb do they feel now? They got a worse goalie than the one they already have. tisk tisk

    • ibieiniid - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      well philly got a 2nd, a 4th, and a 4th round pick for Bob, whatever that’s worth. if we traded back even one of those 4ths…. we got a backup (that doesn’t have to play that many games, mind you), and 2nd, and a 4th and gave up a (our) backup, and whatever pick is in this trade. not too bad IMO

      • ibieiniid - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        damn, with the update… 3rd round and Leighton?

        not that Leighton is worth much but ya we can mark the whole Bobrovsky/Mason/Leighton situation as a minus for Holmgren.

    • danaking - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Is Holmgren catching any heat in Philly?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        he should be for this trade. I’m an avid Holmgren supporter but this deal doesn’t make much sense. You gotta think that Mason could’ve been had for Leighton and a 5th. 4th tops. But a 3rd, in this deep draft, is just idiotic. Granted you probably won’t get a difference maker in the 3rd but you never know. Factor in the whole Bobrovsky situation and the goaltending decisions have been subpar, at best.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        turns out phan, it’s a 2015 pick from what i’ve read.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        oh well if that’s true then I feel a little better about it.

  5. puckmepuckyou - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Glad Bob is working out well for them!

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Goaltending will always be the achilles hill of the Flyers…been one of the reasons why they don’t go far in the playoffs.

    • drwang13 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      It’s also been an achilles heel for them

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Since Ron Hextall right?

  7. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Philly is a good place for struggling goalies go to get their confidence back….

  8. devilsarethebest - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Leighton and 3rd-round pick.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Wow, that’s absurd. The Flyers got ripped off. Mason isn’t even worth a 3rd in my mind. And that salary makes it even worse. I don’t mind having Mason as the backup but not at $2.9 mil a season. I was hoping that Columbus was keeping some of the salary.

      • dmfc1112 - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        Mason is a RFA. Do you really think he’s gonna get 2.9 mill again? He got that based on his rookie campaign. It’s hard to believe any team would pay him much more than a bit over a million.

  9. valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I think it will have to be someone making 2.9 mil a season(Mason’s salary) or more to fit in under the cap.

  10. letsgopens8771 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Great Now Philthy has not 1 but 2 inconsistent goalies! hahaha!

  11. hockeyflow33 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I hope you don’t like defense Mason

  12. drwang13 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Can he play defense with those pads on?

  13. flyboys12 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I’d rather have Mason than Leighton. They may have to make some more moves to LTIR in order to fit that salary…what was Leighton even pulling, 800 G’s?

    • valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Leighton was making 900,000 so unless cap geek is wrong the Flyers are now 2mil or the cap limit. Whats up with that?

      • valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        sorry it should read over the cap limit.

      • mattdaddy7 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        they can get away with the cap hit with Talbot, Coburn, and Meszaros all on IR.

    • flyboys12 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Makes sense. They are gonna have to move something though come the off season. Or whenever the D decides to get healthy and come back. My worry is that it is going to effect someone like Rinaldo. Regardless of how you feel about him, he has been phenomenal this year. Cleaning up his play (which he def needed to do), and contributing positively to the team.

      I hope for Mason’s sake, that Lavy puts some more trust in him so Bryz isn’t playing 20 games in a row while wandering around the woods.

  14. thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    STEE-RIKE 4!

  15. President Charles Logan - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    man its a good thing you clowns that post on arent running a professional hockey team

    • ibieiniid - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      no sh** u fu**in co**su**er

    • flyboys12 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Hey A@# wipe,
      It’s probably a good thing you went to english class. Or did they cancel those in the Pittsburgh public schools?

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        I’m from Georgia actually so amusing to see the grammar police react

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Like yourself? I see you post plenty on here so you’d have to be included under your grouping of “clowns”.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        I do post often but I’m not trying to act like wanna be a know it all GM who crunches all the numbers and makes all the trades like most of you try to

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        I love how taking an analytical perspective automatically makes you a wannabe GM. Most people on here want to talk hockey and bringing a little logic to the conversation shouldn’t be a crime. I’d much rather pretend to be a GM than troll every article like some folks on here. It is Pro Hockey TALK afterall.

  16. chrisvegas - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Does anyone see the irony here? The Flyers traded for Bobrosky’s backup? lol… Who ever said it was easy to be a Philly fan? I can only hope the Flyers are going to buy out Briz and trade for Bernier in the offseason using Mason as a backup.

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